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Colette graduated from Towson State University and became a certified public accountant in 1987. In 1993, she started her own practice and, in 1997, co-founded the firm with Ronald Butler.
In her over 35 years of practice, Colette has served clients in many industries, including contractors, physician practices, commercial real estate, retailers, and Montessori schools, to name a few. She enjoys working with small businesses from inception through their growth cycle. Her personal expertise encompasses providing financial statement review and compilation services as well as tax planning and tax preparation services to businesses. In addition, she provides individual tax return planning and preparation. Colette is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Society of Accountants, and the National Society of Tax Professionals.
Colette lives in Howard County, MD and enjoys frequent trips to see her daughter now attending NC State University.
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Evan grew up a native Baltimorean; he graduated from Randallstown High School in 1990 and received his accounting degree from Towson State University in 1994. After passing the CPA exam in 1994 (on his first attempt), Evan started his accounting career as a staff accountant at a small local CPA firm. Having worked there for almost 8 years, Evan was promoted to tax manager, vice-president and eventually became a partner in 2001. Evan joined Butler, Lavanceau & Sober, LLC in October of 2002 and became a partner in October of 2003. Evan was married in November of 2009 and currently lives in Howard County.
Evan has extensive experience helping individuals and small businesses with a wide array of tax and financial planning issues. He has served clients in many industries, including: real estate, medical services, legal services and contracting.
Evan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Society of Accountants.
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Susan Craig is a University of Maryland alumnae and native of Baltimore. She passed the CPA exam in 2002 and has worked for a variety of CPA firms. Susan also worked for 8 years for a boutique law firm specializing in wealth management, trusts, and estates.
Some of her clients have been entrepreneurs, artists, sports figures, and military personnel with tax homes in the United States and abroad. Other clients have been trusts, estates, non-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Susan has returned recently to the Columbia area with her husband and two dogs. Her daughter is attending the University of Delaware. She volunteers for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the American Red Cross.
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Bobby graduated from James Madison University in 2009 where he earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance. He began his career working for a tax and financial services firm in Catonsville, Maryland before transitioning into a corporate accounting position for a national supply chain management provider outside of Washington, DC. Bobby then went on to work as the Controller of a regional supply chain company that provided safety equipment and construction materials related to road and highway infrastructure. In 2017, Bobby began pursuing his CPA credential by attending the University of Baltimore where he received a Certificate in Accounting. Upon completion of his Accounting Certificate, Bobby then passed the CPA exam and has been a licensed CPA in the state of Maryland since 2021. Throughout his career, Bobby maintained an aptitude for preparing income taxes for individuals and small businesses alike, working nights and weekends during tax season for the same tax firm where his career began in 2010.
Born and raised in Catonsville, MD, Bobby has incorporated his fondness towards his community through coaching youth lacrosse as well as serving as the Treasurer of Catonsville Emergency Assistance, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing various forms of assistance to community residents in need. In his free time, Bobby enjoys hiking the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park with his furry companion Barrett. Additionally, he enjoys venturing out to new restaurants (and the occasional brewery) and attending live music and comedy shows as time permits. An avid sports fan, Bobby also passionately follows the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles and can talk local sports with the best of them.
Bobby is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
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Chante attended ICM School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She started her career in finance in 2001 as a Financial Consultant for the National Financial Services Center, corporate headquarters for PNC Bank working in the residential lending marketing department specializing in refinancing and second lien residential lending.
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Eunice is an Enrolled Agent, who is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS. She was born in South Korea and graduated from Kyungbook National University in South Korea in 1995. In 2000, she came to New York to study. She worked as an Accounting Manager in a wholesale business and a fashion company. Since 2010 she has been working as a tax preparer which included five years with the Lee Sang CPA firm in Georgia as a Senior Accountant. She has over 10 years of experience in preparing individual and business income tax returns.
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Lynn started her accounting career in 1990 as an entry level bookkeeper. She has worked as a supervisor in accounts receivable and accounts payable departments. In 2002, she decided to work for a public accounting firm where she could expand her role to tax preparation.
In 2008, Lynn joined Butler, Lavanceau & Sober, LLC, where she handles the payroll functions, bookkeeping, and tax preparation for multiple clients.
Lynn has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and is a member of the Maryland Society of Accountants.
Lynn is a member of the Maryland Society of Accountants.
On the personal side, Lynn resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Centreville. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.
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Jennifer graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Accounting(1989) and a Masters of Tax Accounting (1990). Following graduation, she joined the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Ernst & Young and later transferred to the Baltimore office when her husband was stationed at Ft. Meade. She obtained her CPA license in 1991.
Larry Salem, CPA has over 40 years of tax and accounting experience. He is a member of the American Institute and Maryland & Pennsylvania Association of CPAs. Mr. Salem earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Temple University in 1970. Mr. Salem has been an active CPA licensed in PA since 1989.
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Cheryl D. Tait, CPA, has over 29 years of real estate and construction accounting experience with responsibilities including financial statement preparation, tax reporting, and family office management for a high wealth group.
Prior to joining Butler, Lavanceau & Sober, she worked at Chesapeake Realty Partners and Wolpoff & Company. At Wolpoff & Company; the largest local public accounting firm, she worked with closely held real estate entrepreneurs and small business clients in the areas of financial reporting and tax compliance.
She is a member of the American Institute and Maryland Association of CPAs. Ms. Tait earned her a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences from Slippery Rock University. Ms. Tait has been an active CPA licensed in Maryland since 1986. She is an active community volunteer.
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Michael Wiley joined our team in January 2016. Michael graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD in 1983. While playing college baseball, Michael earned degrees in both Business Management and Financial Accounting.
Michael comes to us with 30 years of hands-on accounting, business management, and tax experience. While working full time as an Assistant Controller for a multi-franchise new car dealer for 7 ½ years, Michael began his own small accounting and tax firm in 1989. After moving on from the auto dealership to a consulting firm where he held the position of Assistant Controller for 11 ½ years, he then decided to put all of his focus into the small accounting and tax firm he began in 1989. While taking the hands-on experience he learned in both the auto dealership and within the consulting firm, he has worked hard to provide the kind of hands-on accounting, business management, and tax planning and tax preparation services that the small business of today needs.
Michael specializes in working with independent contractors and small businesses as he truly feels the knowledge he has gained in the field can provide them the benefits they seek when hiring not just an accountant, but the firm they represent. The industry’s he has worked mostly include automotive (body shops, repairs shops, service stations, and new/used car dealerships), construction (all trades both commercial and residential – small to mid-size), consulting firms, home builders, land development firms, real estate agents and real estate agencies, real estate investment firms, retail stores, and restaurants. We feel strongly that this experience will be a strong asset to our firm and our clients.
Michael currently lives in Shady Side, MD. He is the father of Jenna, Steven, and CJ. Though his children are now older, Michael still remains active with them while getting beat on the bowling lanes by his daughter Jenna, playing in a flag football league with both of his son’s, attending CJ’s college baseball games, playing baseball himself in the Chesapeake Men’s Baseball League and coaching sports within his community. And when time is available, he enjoys time at the driving range and on the golf course.
Sunny joined Butler, Lavanceau and Sober in October 2020 as a part time bookkeeper and has become an integral part of our team with her Quickbooks expertise.
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Chrissy graduated from a magnet science program at Sparrows Point High School in 2002. She joined our firm in April, 2005 as our office manager.
Chrissy handles the day to day operations of our office. She runs the front desk which includes scheduling client meetings along with scanning and mailing all tax returns and financial statements. She answers the phones and greets our clients when they arrive at our office.
Chrissy enjoys spending time with her husband, Vince, their son Carter and Vince’s three older children. Together they live in Marriottsville MD.
Mary graduated from George Mason University with a Fine Arts degree. She worked for 15 years in the Visual Merchandising department for Nordstrom before opting to stay home and raise her then young family. As her daughters grew, she decided to go back to work and joined Butler, Lavanceau and Sober, LLC in December of 2016. She assists the office manager with daily operations; primarily scanning and mailing tax returns.
Mary currently lives in Carroll County Maryland with her husband, Matt, and their daughters, Sarah, and Abigail.